Short term rentals in the UK

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Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
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short term rentalsDo you dream of your summer holiday for months in advance? Do you find yourself counting down the days and mentally packing then repacking your suitcase? If you work for 'the man' – and directly or indirectly, we all work for that guy – your annual holidays will likely be limited. You get your six weeks (a maximum of two weeks at a time) and when they're done, they're done. Back to work with nary a word of complaint.

It's no wonder so many of us dream of our holiday from the moment we put down the deposit. Months of waiting, months of anticipation and then it's over, gone in a blur of sun cream and sangria. Oh well, just another six months till your next one, right? Not necessarily. If your job or your finances won't facilitate week-long holidays at the drop of a sunhat, no problem: you can still get your kicks, culture and degrees celsius in smaller increments – a weekend here, a three-day Bank Holiday there. Cut out the airport queues by starting with the UK, whose best attractions, beaches and nightlife can be experienced via a series of short term rentals. With just a couple of days to check out each region, you'll feel compelled to cram in as much as possible.

It's amazing what can be achieved in 48 hours when you put your mind to it.


Brief holidays in beautiful Britain


Short term rentals in Newquay Short term rentals in Newquay

Newquay is Cornwall's family-friendly, couple-friendly, just all-round-friendly resort town. It's a place where you can party hard or walk hard; surf the waves or sail them. The salt air is bracing, the beaches are clean and the weather is generally pretty darn good. So what's to see and do during a short break in Newquay?

The town hosts a packed schedule of events through the year, so time your visit right and you could arrive in time to catch a surfing competition on Fistral Beach or a bunch of skate punk bands at the Relentless Boardmasters Festival. If you're more interested in what swims in the sea rather than what surfs on it, Newquay also hosts a fish festival, though perhaps a better way to get acquainted with the catch of the day would be by stopping for a traditional supper of fish and chips – locally landed, freshly battered – in one of the beachfront cafés. Away from the shore, the town has a diverse and bustling high street comprised of surf shops, fashion boutiques and craft shops. Got a few hours to spare? There's still time to go diving, mountain biking or – if all else fails – pubbing. Hey, it's your (short) holiday; it can be as intense or as lazy as you like.

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Short term rentals in Aberdeenshire Short term rentals in Aberdeenshire

While the Scottish Highlands and the Scottish capital attract tourists in their droves, the north-east of Scotland sees little action. It's a shame, because a whirlwind break in Aberdeenshire has the potential to be the greatest Scottish holiday of your life – short term or otherwise. If you've only got a weekend to spare, try this for a sample itinerary: fly into Aberdeen on Friday night, check into your city centre holiday apartment, head straight to Belmont Street and quench your thirst in a couple of pubs. Afterwards, hit up Soul Bar for dinner and more drinks, followed by a short trip upstairs to Soul Casino for a game of blackjack.

Saturday morning is taken up by 18 holes at Trump International, on the beautiful links course at Balmedie, followed by lunch at the award-winning Cock & Bull gastropub. Saturday afternoon is all about shopping at Union Square or browsing the fascinating art gallery at Schoolhill, depending on whether you prefer culture or clothes. For Saturday night, try booking a table at the Silver Darling seafood restaurant overlooking the harbour, where you can watch the supply vessels dock as you enjoy the seafood plucked straight from the North Sea. There's all sorts of things happening in Aberdeenshire – and that's just your proposed itinerary for the first 24 hours...

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Short term rentals in York Short term rentals in York

York is a beautiful old city, one that will comfortably occupy a short break without the need to plan anything. Just take a stroll through the winding streets and the rest will take care of itself. York is a genuinely romantic place. It's a genuinely historic place. Whatever barometer you adopt as measurement of realness, York is the real deal. The Romans loved this city, a sentiment that has been echoed by every subsequent civilisation to have made North Yorkshire its home.

Attractions, to rattle off a few, include JORKVIK, the National Railway Museum and of course the majestic York Minster, a beacon that lures tourists and pilgrims and a fulcrum that controls the city. Glance up, wherever you are, and it's there, imperious, a silent guardian watching over its subjects, just as it has done for centuries. As a wise man once said, "First we shape our buildings. Then they shape us."

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Short term rentals in Snowdonia Short term rentals in Snowdonia

Wales' grand National Park is a mecca for hikers, birdwatchers, mountain bikers, kayakers and anyone else possessed with a love of the outdoors. If you're spending a couple of days here, you're going to have some tough decisions to make: do you dedicate a day to sports followed by a day of leisure, go all out and attempt to scale Snowdonia on your first day, or just admire its snow-capped peak from the comfort of a cosy pub?

There's a slate mine to explore near Betws y Coed, a ridiculously good Welsh food shop in Conwy Valley (organic veg; cheeses; mountain lamb), horse riding stables and forest parks. Love watersports? Head to Llyn Gwyant, where the scenery is spectacular and the back story is that Tombraider II (that classic movie) was filmed here. Snowdonia is whatever you choose to make it. Make it amazing.

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Short term rentals in Scottish Borders Short term rentals in Scottish Borders

If you've never visited Scotland save for a boozy stag weekend in Edinburgh, it's high time you redressed that. The Scottish Borders are beautiful and easy to reach, ideal when you've only a weekend at your disposal. The land of Sir Walter Scott is characterised by rolling hills, sleepy towns, clustered coastal villages and craggy points. The salmon fishing in this part of Scotland is excellent; even if your fly fails to dip below the surface, the solitude and the scenery will ensure your day is well spent.

If you live for adrenaline rather than picturesque countryside, hire mountain bikes and heads to 7stanes, where some of Scotland's best trails are to be found. The woodland here is beautiful, even if you'll be going too fast to notice. On your last day, try to fit in a round of golf followed by lunch in the peaceful town of Hawick.

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UK Short Term Holiday Rentals

4-Star Self Catering Holiday Apartment

A very well appointed 4-Star holiday apartment in a modern block of just 14 apartments. Contemporary open plan living room/kitchen/diner with integrated kitchen appliances. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room, twin single bedroom - all beds a...

Award winning, pet friendly 18th century stone cottage.Fabulous views of Snowdon

Self catering Anglesey cottage set in 7 acres of quiet, peaceful surroundings with panoramic views of the Snowdonia Mountains. This pet-friendly Anglesey holiday cottage was originally an 18th century stable on the grounds of the owners’ home – th...

Stunning coastline and countryside from this gorgeous cottage.

What better place for your family or group get-together than this large, luxurious holiday cottage. Llyn Peninsula’s beautiful coastline forms a stunning horizon to the peaceful countryside views enjoyed from Stabal Lleuddad, with the nearest sand...

Lovely cottage in Abersoch- don't miss an ice cream on the lovely sandy beach

Stabal y March holiday cottage is brilliantly located, 1 mile from Abersoch on the beautiful Lleyn Peninsula. Based on a traditional family run beef and sheep farm, it has been lovingly converted into a family-friendly cottage. Amongst the finest ...

5 Star Cottage with a Games Room on site. 0.5 mile to Fabulous Beach

Sgubor Madrun holiday cottage is where the straw and feed were stored for the past 250 years. It has recently been restored to a luxurious holiday accommodation with as much of the original features left visible as possible. The cottage has a chil...

Almost on the beach this lovely large property. Don't miss dolphins in the Bay.

A large self catering house in the delightful resort of New Quay, West Wales. Just a stone's throw from an award winning beach, cafes, restaurants and bars. This child friendly self catering has a playroom, terraced garden & fabulous sea views. Ta...

Lovely cottage with great access to Coed y Brenin for mountain biking and walks

Beautiful Snowdonia holiday cottage, recently refurbished to a high standard throughout and based in a small village 2 miles from the historic town of Dolgellau in Snowdonia National Park. Penygroes holiday cottage, Dolgellau enjoys beautiful view...

Enjoy private grounds and fabulous braches from this lovely converted mill.

This luxury self catering Pembrokeshire accommodation is within a newly converted 17th century water mill in Pembroke. Located in 30 acres of private grounds in Pembrokeshire National Park, the cottage provides a fantastic base to explore all that...

Converted 17th century mill in private grounds. Don't miss the fabulous beaches

Rockpools, dolphins and sand, glorious sand. Just some of the things to discover during your stay at Pembroke Mill Holiday Apartment, set within a newly renovated 17th century water mill in 30 acres of private grounds in Pembrokeshire National Par...

Converted mill in with a large secluded private garden. Don't miss the beaches.

Only 4 miles from Criccieth, self catering cottage Melin Chwilog is an attractive converted mill with a large secluded garden. Located in a private, peaceful setting in the little village of Chwilog, the local pub, village stores and butcher’s sho...
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